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children 6 years and older. >> we have kids that use the service daily, to and from school. we have kids, for instance, i might drop a teenager off at a party, pick them up from a party. football practice during the summer. camps during the summer. >> reporter: parents book the ride the night before on an app, where they can also see photos of the driver and their car. parents are encouraged to leave special instructions, and can track the trip live. drivers like laura go through extensive background checks, and have to have at least five years experience in childcare. hop, skip, drive is only available in the los angeles area, and san francisco. but similar businesses are popping up in several cities across the u.s., including zen car in boston. the driver's phone records the trip, so betsy can watch it as it's happening. >> i don't have to worry about texting him, or constantly yi
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iphone. >> reporter: back in l.a., the triplets say they loves their driver. >> it's like she's our mom, because she gets us. >> have a great day. >> reporter: and their mom says she loves the peace of mind that her children are safe. >> you guys are going to have fun today. >> reporter: buena park, california. hop, skip, drive, also gives parents a code word so they can verify the driver's identity. the news at 5:30 starts right now. communities already flooded by tropical storm harvey have to deal with more manmade flooding, water was released from two reservoirs in houston. the addicts and barker. they were worried about the possibility of dams failing. this map shows the flow he of the water into what's known as the buffalo bayou. the bayou is already over its banks, and the water ended up flooding more homes
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officialscall this a slow controlled release, and say it will be less destructive, than if the dams were destroyed. more than a thousand homes could end up flooded though, because of this release. the release from the attic's reservoir will last almost a month until september 20. houston 911 centers are just overwhelmed with emergency calls. operators took 75,000 calls yesterday. 75,000. normally, they get 8,000 in a day. more than 200 people have been working 12 hour shifts since saturday. that is far more than the 25 that typically answer the phone. and keep in mind, that they are helping 911 callers, and while they're dealing with their own flooding struggle. >> what's keeping you going and motivated? you lost your car, you lost your home? >> i've been doing this job about four and a half years. they need help. my coworkers are working long hours. i need to get here to
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them. >> there have been quite a few calls involving women in labor. those operators have had to talk a whole lot of people through some home deliveries. from a thousand miles away, folks here in the d.c. area are trying to help. here's michael quander. >> reporter: there are tons of people across the dmv trying to help a difference and help those lives of those who lost their lives down in houston. for one local woman, this is close to home. >> i've been in d.c. for close to four years now. every single day, i miss home. >> reporter: michelle hauge is from a small town. >> when any part of my state hurts, we all hurt. >> reporter: she says it's been hard, witnessing the destruction of hurricane harvey, seeing people dying, losing homes, and being rescued from rooftops. >> it was almost a sense of guilt not to be there with my brothers and sisters from texas. so i decided in d.c., let's organize all the te
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and do what we can do best, right? >> reporter: and that's to raise money. they pooled resources at hill country barbeque in chinatown. she's always reaching out online, raising more than $2,000 in just two days. the money would go to help victims of houston's poorest neighborhoods. >> always hang on to hope. know that we are fighting for you. know that you are in our prayers, and you are not forgotten. >> reporter: people, just like the ones of her hometown that now don't seem so far away. reporting in washington, michael quander, wusa9. >> houston's two main airports are expected to stay closed to commercial traffic until tomorrow. there are a few humanitarian flights carrying first responders and supplies that have made it into the city. about 7,000 flights to houston have been canceled since friday. most of
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here's some perspective now on all the water dropped from the storm. harvey will have saturated southeast texas with enough water to fill all the nfl and division 1 college football stadiums more than 100 times. think 150 massive stadiums capable of holding 10's of thousands of people. and you can join us in helping all those texans in need. we have made it easy for you. go to wusa9.com/texas cares, and there you can make a donation directly to the american red cross, hurricane harvey disaster relief fund. those donations are tax deductible. again, it's wusa9.com/texas cares. so rainy conditions could persist here for a bit. >> they could. kind of insignificant compared to what's going on. yeah, we have a yellow
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alert. the rush hour is slow. the rain is moving out. the good news is, it should get out of here in time for the game. there's no word on the nats game, they're supposed to play at 7:05. the back edge of the precipitation of rain pretty much through loudoun county, the western half of fairfax county, you're done. notice, right along 95, see the yellows and oranges there, that's some pretty heavy rain between d.c. and baltimore. also at 50 toward annapolis. that's where the heaviest rain fell. this is probably the heaviest rain we could find. 1.4, 1.5 inches on the west side of 301, just south of la plata. a pretty good soaking. it was sort of like a march day. really, kind of a raw day for august. good news, this is 8:00, most of the showers are light. most of them are on the east side of i-95. by the time we get to 9:00, pretty much okay. just a couple of ri
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and there. temps are okay. 61 in gaithersburg. we'll come back and talk about the morning commute, and let you know if this is going to be gone. and we'll talk about harvey. thanks topper. our special assignment unit recently exposed the deadly resources of cars getting trapped under racketer trailers. the issue? whether tractor trailers should be required to have new equipment to stop. something called underride accidents. investigative reporter eric flack first reported on this issue for us two months ago, in his ongoing sau series big rigs, big risk. >> reporter: this chevy malibu is mangled, and crushed after slamming into the side of this tractor trailer at 40 miles per hour. but here's the he key. if that crash test dummy were an actual person, they would have
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according to researchers, here at the insurance institute for highway safety. today's crash test was part of a round table summit about truck underride accidents. hundreds die every year, where cars hit semis, run underneath those tall trailers and it crushes the passengers inside. data proves the trucking industry should be required, by law, to have side guards to stop underride accidents. right now, trailers are not required to have them. the test hall was filled with 400 people looking on. including some who lost family members in underride accidents. they he got emotional, after seeing technology that they believe could have saved their children's lives. >> between us, we've lost our children. >> and they could have done something. >> they have could done
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>> also, we go one-on-one with the trucking industry. no question, off limits. why shouldn't trailers like this one be required to have side guards? that part of the story and more of today's remarkable crash tests? a special report on wusa9 at 11:00. eric flack, wusa9. more of that crash test video, and what the trucking industry has to say in eric's special report, big rigs, big risk tonight only on wusa9 news at 11:00. as much as tropical storm harvey has destroyed, it has also inspired some amazing stories. two friends decided to reconnect after 50 years. >> and the story behind this now viral photo. we'll show it to you in a second, of a dog doing everything he can to persevere through the storm.
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trending right now, a sign with a simple message from a homeowner from portland, texas. >> the mother of one doesn't want you to know her name, but says listen, this is appropriate. she feels like she needs
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property. police in portland say they've had a couple of burglaries over the last 48 hours, and they are on heightened alert to protect the people that live there. >> so perhaps you've seen this viral photo. a dog carrying an entire bag of food. this after harvey touched down near corpus christi. we're learning more now about this now famous doggy bandit. his name is otis. 10 years old. he got loose after a door broke at his home. a day later that woman spotted him carrying that 5-pound bag of food. he eventually found his way home, but smart enough to know that's what he had to do. >> it was like the cutest thing i had ever seen. >> i think otis makes a point in telling the people in texas, we will survive. >> of course the dog knew enough to carry the food around, but might have been another story to
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they make those dog food bags pretty impenetrable. still ahead, hundreds of tropical storm harvey evacuees are finding comfort at a furniture store. thanks to a prominent businessman. >> and history in the air force. their first female pilot. we're going to introduce you to
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we talk so much about the heartache, and the tragedy to come from this storm, but there are also some truly inspiring stories. because of harvey, two army veterans reunited in san antonio after 50 years. >> i was, i had just turned 18 years old. >> reporter: elmer gregs, and lem carter are long time buddies from the army. the two were stationed at fort dix as medics in 1968. a few months ago, carter, who lives in san antonio, found gregs online. gregs lived a you few hours away in corpus christi, and the two reunited over the phone. >> you always in
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people at certain times. >> reporter: weeks past, and soon, gregs learned hurricane harvey could hit his area pretty hard. he gave carter a call from the bus. >> all the wind was supposed to be coming that way. i just decided, hey, it's not a good idea. >> reporter: early friday morning, they were placed in an advantage ways center. finally, at the age of 70, the two saw each other for the first time in 50 years. >> i knew immediately you know, it was him. and fortunately embraced each other. >> reporter: while it took a devastating storm like hurricane harvey to finally bring the two together, they say sometimes beautiful things come out of terrible tragedies. >> it was just kind of like divine intervention, where the lord said, you know, it's time for you guys to meet right now. so he made
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made it happen. >> reporter: fortunately, greg's home is still in tact. when he goes home, he'll be going back to a new bond with a friend. >> it didn't come close to the record amount of rainfall to hit the lower 48 states. >> we're still adding to it. now it's 51.88 inches at a place called cedar bayou. it's going to have probably another 1 to 4 inches. >> "the washington post" has an interesting headline. up to 30% of harris county is underwater. >> and harris county is where houston is. >> 30%. >> if you just stop and think for a men. we've seen video of one level floors engulfed in houses. even up to the second floor, that's going to take years of repair, and repair correctly
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we have pretty good soaking rain. about an inch, pretty much across the metro area. it was sort of a raw day. that northeast wind, it was a little summer nor'easter, it never became a tropical storm. 69 right now, the winds north- northeast at 16. here's the radar over the last hour. now we see, pretty much the northern half of fairfax county, clear of the rain showers. looking at pretty good clearing, or the rains ending outside of warrenton. still along i-95. we still have some moderate pockets of rain, especially if you go over towards silver spring, and over towards 50 on the beltway. just some moderate rain. it will slow you down a little bit. so rain and showers end early tonight. it should be out of here, pretty much in time for the nats game. bus stop temps, 58 to 74. cloudy in the morning, but dry. better wednesday, much warmer thursday and then harvey bringing the showers over the
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weekend, perhaps as early as friday afternoon. so here is future cast. we'll put this into motion. by 8:00, mostly showers east side of 95. a couple of leftover showers, but the bulk of the rain is gone. by morning, we're looking at temps in the 50s. 57 gaithersburg. 63 downtown, but still cloudy. by 5:30, we're almost 80, with some breaks in the clouds here and there, and yes, there will be a few showers toward laray, and romney. tomorrow night, partly cloudy skies. then showers back to the west could roll through here late on a wednesday night, but you'll be sleeping, and it won't be heavy. day planner, 60s to start. we go through the morning, 75 at 1:00. we get into thursday, isolated storm, but pretty good day. 87. friday's gone way downhill. that was going to
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yesterday. now we've got remnants of harvey, and i think some showers get in here by afternoon. upper 70s. those showers stay as we get into saturday, all day. that lowers temps at mid-70s. maybe a morning shower. we will salvage the back half of sunday. labor day looks great. highs back into the upper 80s. a suspect accused of attacking a man at the white nationalist rally in charlottesville, surrenders today. in atlanta, michael ramos denied being a neo-nazi, or white supremacist. he's charged with malicious beating during the violent clashes. ramos says he is a conservative, and he was only in charlottesville to support non-racist friends who were attending a free speech rally. the controversial former sheriff, who was pardoned by president trump, says he might run for office again. joe arpaio made the comment in an interview with the washington examer. the 85-year-old sheriff says
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challenge arizona senator jeff flake. flake is one of president trump's most vocal critics. arpaio says i'm saying the door is open, and we'll see what happens. i have got support. sergeant courtney joined the air force in 2005. pilots last names are not disclosed for security reasons. she's had a number of roles in intelligence, surveillance, and recognizance. and now sergeant courtney will be piloting a massive aircraft, without ever stepping inside it. >> i'm in full control of the aircraft, and constantly know exactly what the aircraft is doing, and where it's heading. >> for decades, the air force relied on officers to pilot its aircraft, but due to a series pilot shortage, a program was launched to reach out to the li
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coming up at 6:00, animal shelters here in our area prepare to take in pets abandoned by their owners because of harvey. >> but up next, we get answers on how school districts are taking steps to stop attacks like this one, caught on camera, onboard a metro train.
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check out this video making
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the rounds on social media, and stirring up quite the debate on a local blog called prince of kitworth. a high school student getting into a brawl with a metro passenger. metro police say they have investigating, but have no reports of assault that match up with that video. we wanted to take a closer look to see what's being done to make sure d.c. students who ride the metro for free are staying safe and out of trouble. >> reporter: i called everyone for this story. metro, d.c. public schools, and d.c. charter school board. they're all working together to make sure students stay out of trouble when they're riding the rails. >> respect your ride. >> reporter: there's an ad campaign for it. and metro even sends officers to school assemblies to talk about it. d.c. public schools discipline policy states any deliberate action that causes serious injury to another person may result in off site suspension, and exio
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street. during what they call safe passage. manning about 10 metro stops throughout the city. >> it's our responsibility to make sure they get home. >> reporter: dr. marco clark is the ceo of richard wright public charter school, and founded the man the block program, teaming up with community members to keep students safe. if something does go wrong, school leaders work with other administrators across the city to identify troublemakers. >> so we can get to the root, and provide the appropriate consequence and get the parents involved. >> reporter: so what should you do next time you're riding the train, and you spot some kids starting trouble, or acting inappropriately. dr.clark says take a look at their shirts, uniform, and school name is on that shirt. write down the school name, and then call them. in eastern market, wusa9. >> metro tell us, they have a daily conference call with d.c. police. if a student is lv
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criminal activity, they could be expelled. breaking tonight at 6:00, harvey has now produced the most rainfall in u.s. history. nearly 52 inches in cedar bayou, texas, and rising. more than 6,000 people have been rescued from the historic flooding in the houston area. the rescues continue at this very hour. cbs news reports tonight, at least nine people have died from the storm. "the washington post" puts that number closer to 16. those numbers expected to rise. the death toll includes a houston city police officer. sergeant steve perez, a 34 year veteran left his home on sunday morning in heavy rain. he spent more than two hours, trying to get to his command post trapped in heavy flood waters. he never made it. >> we couldn't find him, and once our dive team got there, it was too treacherous to go under and look for him. >> perez's body was recovered yesterday morning. he was just
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61st birthday. meanwhile, the rain still falling in houston tonight. rescue workers continue to try around the clock to bring more evacuees to safety. >> there's no way in, and out. our neighborhoods can't get food. no electricity. about a day now. >> a levee near houston also breached this morning, sending more water into neighborhoods. president trump heard firsthand from those responding to all this hisser toic flooding today. the president waved a texas flag during a visit to a corpus christi firehouse. he addressed those after a briefing. >> this is historic. it's epic, what happened. but you know what? it happened in texas, and texas can handle anything. >> the president being here, that's the first step to gain attention from everyone. that way we can get the help that we need for the families that have lost everything. >> president trump plans to

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